Robin Williams Forged Strong Bond With Military Community

Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent
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Actor Robin Williams traveled to war zones in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain the United Service Organization for more than a decade, and his time dedicated to them speaks volumes.

US comedian Robin Williams (C) poses for

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Dating back to 2002, Williams had an active, endearing role in the military community. After his death Monday, the USO posted this message on its Facebook page:

Post by USO.

An especially memorable trip, which made the late night shows rounds, was in Camp Arifjan in Kuwait in December of 2007. During Williams’ bit, the flag was lowered and when the bugle began playing “Retreat,” signifying that, his whole crowd stood and turned their backs, leaving Williams on stage. His response is Robin Williams at his best.


“I’m not going to forget that. I’ve never had an entire audience just go ‘forget you!'” Williams said.

USO Center Named In Honor Of Pat Tillman

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In the above photo, Williams attended the groundbreaking of a USO center dedicated to Pat Tillman, an Arizona Cardinals star who quit the NFL to join the Army Rangers and was later killed during service in Afghanistan in early 2004.

Robin Williams Entertains Troops In Iraq

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